Comic-Con International is just about to kick off in sunny San Diego, California and the special guest list is representative of the entirety of the comics and genre-fiction industries: Neal Adams, Sergio Aragones, Peter Bagge, Brian Michael Bendis, Ray Bradbury, Berkeley Breathed, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Howard Cruse, Samuel R. Delany, Dave Dorman, Mark Evanier, Matt Fraction, Hunter & Stan Freberg, Nicholas Gurewitch, Charlaine Harris, Kathryn & Stuart Immonen, Phil Jimenez, Jenette Kahn, Jim Lee, Stan Lee, Paul Levitz, Milo Manara, Larry Marder, Carla Speed McNeil, China Miéville, Dennis O'Neil, Robert M. Overstreet, Tom Palmer, Sean Phillips, Ivan Reis, Jerry Robinson, Steve Rude, J. Michael Straczynski, Drew Struzan, Doug TenNapel, Gerard Way, Al Wiesner and Michael Zulli.
Of course just about every upcoming television series, motion picture and gaming product will have huge roll-outs at this "mega-sized" media event too. Movie stars, celebutantes and tons of other notables will be in attendance also. Hope you've got your tickets, because the thing has "sold out" several times over.
I've begun doing my homework for 2011, since my brother says that we are finally going to take the plunge and go to San Diego next year. Thank god there are so many blogs and websites with helpful hints to prepare a nascent visitor to the biggest comic book convention on the planet (apparently I really do need the prep work to maximize the experience).
To those en route to the west coast, have a great time at the show (and I'll keep my fingers crossed that the whole state doesn't drop off into the ocean).